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Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Omaha fell 0.6 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 8.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Omaha unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Nebraska 2.3% -0.2 -2.1
Omaha 2.4% -0.6 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Omaha, Nebraska, National

Omaha, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Omaha peaked in April 2020 at 44,374. There are now 32,850 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Omaha employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Omaha, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Omaha 11,524 -2,877 -14,396

Number of Unemployed Persons

Omaha, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployment Rate
Omaha
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 2.3% 2.4% 11,524
June
2021
5.9% 2.5% 3.0% 14,401
May
2021
5.8% 2.6% 3.0% 14,597
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 3.1% 15,002
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 3.2% 15,542
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 3.3% 16,045
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 3.4% 16,470
December
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.5% 17,338
November
2020
6.7% 3.4% 3.7% 17,958
October
2020
6.9% 3.6% 3.9% 18,915
September
2020
7.8% 3.8% 4.5% 22,287

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.